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Welcome to the first lesson in my series on basic blacksmithing. Forging a simple J hook. This is one of the easiest things for a beginning blacksmit...
Basic blacksmith setup you need for this. forge anvil hammer tongs steel - 1/4" diam round rod (you can use other...
Heat the steel and forge it to an almost sharp point. Hold the rod at an angle and the hammer at an angle while turning the rod every two blows or so....
you can use pliers to curl the point into a small curlique, or you can do it the "blacksmith way" and start the curl off the edge of the anvil and the...
decide how big of a J you want, heat that length right past the curlique, then bend it over the anvil horn. Make sure to bend it with the curlique fac...
decide how long you want it to be and hot cut it there. When using a hot cut you cut almost all the way through (around 2/3) and then break it off. I ...
You need to make a spot at the top where you can put a hole for nailing the hook. I heat the top, and flatten it with 3-4 good blows, you can try to m...
Now that your done forging your hook, you take a wire brush and scrub it real good to knick off any loose scale. Then, sit it on the fire without the ...
You could hot punch each one of these, but I like to just make up several and then take into the barn and drill the holes, it's faster that way. Make ...
Once you master the basic J hook you can add all sorts of embelishments. Below I have some pics of the hook you saw me make, along with some others. ...
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Posted:Apr 3, 2011
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